Litany of Littleness

My friend Kerri passed this along to me. She heard it at an Advent Day of Reflection given at a home of the Missionaries of Charity. It was written by a young priest named Fr. Jason and boy did I need to say this prayer. Thank you, Kerri!

Litany of Littleness

From thinking that I have to do something to make myself pleasing to You,    Lord Jesus free me.

From striving to be better than I am instead of being willing to be the son you want me to be,   Lord Jesus free me

From wanting to be holy on my terms and conditions,  Lord Jesus free me

From looking to fill my soul with personal satisfaction instead of gratitude and humility, Lord Jesus free me

 

From the fear of letting go and presenting myself to You with empty hands,  Lord Jesus free me

From the fear of admitting my total helplessness,  Lord Jesus free me

From the fear of not having people like me, Lord Jesus free me

From believing that all my efforts are in vain and that I’m not making a difference, Lord Jesus free me

From believing that I can find peace in the things of this world, Lord Jesus free me

From trying to escape the Funk of Faith by myself,  Lord Jesus free me

From the fear of expressing my emotions, Lord Jesus free me

 

Holy Spirit, grant that I may LOVE MYSELF for who I am just as You and the Father and the Son love me for who I am.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may bear serenely the trial of being DISPLEASING to myself.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may humbly accept my helplessness and glory in my weakness (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:5).

Holy Spirit, grant that I may gratefully acknowledge my need to be carried in the arms of the Father.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may die to myself so that I can really have it All and be fully alive!

Holy Spirit, grant that I may always do my best without counting the cost or being attached to the results.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may NEVER grow tired of doing good (Gal 6:9-10).

Holy Spirit, grant that I may always guard the gift of my faith and treasure the treasure of my vocation to the priesthood.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may be united to God in the purifying and transforming fire of his tender and merciful presence.

Holy Spirit, grant that I may allow Jesus to take my sins and trust in His power to forgive me and reconcile all

things to His perfect will through His holy wounds.

Holy Spirit, help me to deal with my emotions in an honest and healthy way.

 

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.

Lord, grant that my faith in your unconditional love for me may be the firm foundation upon which I build my life.

Lord, grant that I may have a personal, passionate, powerful, transforming experience of your love today!

Comments

  1. This is such a great reminder- I’m printing it out and putting it on the bathroom mirror

  2. Beautiful – thanks for this! Perfect timing as much of it is exactly what I’ve been meditating on this Advent and asking for freedom from. God is good.

  3. Tears pouring down my face. You have no idea how much I needed this prayer. Thank you, Rachel, and thank you, Holy Spirit.

  4. Seeing those comments made me tear up. So happy it is touching others as much as it has touched me. Will be sure to tell Fr. Jason. Xo

  5. So Beautiful! Thank you so much. This prayer was just what I needed today. Thank you.

  6. Thank you. As others have said, that is exactly what I need today.